The Dog Scientific Academic Site

How the Program Organized

Progress through each level follows the same pattern: training practice (video), written assignments, and a knowledge test. 


As a new freshman in The Academy, you’ll familiarize yourself with The Dog Scientific academic site, how to join live webinars and access the back catalog of recorded webinars and join The Academy Café. You’ll find the culture collegial, welcoming and supportive and the level of discussion high.

Once you’ve worked through the first five modules, you’ll start training and submitting video for personalized coaching. The beauty of our system is you can submit video precisely when you have a training problem, of the very dog that you’re stuck on. And you can do so on multiple dogs.

You’ll then draft your first behavior modification training plans and receive detailed feedback.  You’ll then take the knowledge test and go on to the next level!


As a Sophomore, you’ll study animal behavior and then drill down into dog behavior, dog behavior problems and class teaching.  You’ll train a dog to station for a veterinary exam and free-shape a dead retrieve (behavior chain), once again with video feedback.

You’ll draft a more complex training plan and do a specific assignment on communicating a variety of key concepts clearly in client-friendly language.  Then it’s your knowledge test and on the the next level!


As a Junior, you’ll get into the nitty gritty of fear, aggression, separation anxiety and client counseling.  You’ll learn to work up cases vis a vis prognosis, triage and troubleshooting. 

You’ll draft a desensitization and counterconditioning plan and work on a behavior report in client-friendly language.  You’ll also study critical thinking, a vital concept in our unregulated profession.  Then it’s one more knowledge test and on to Senior!


Once you’re a senior, you’ll pull it all together and start taking cases, under supervision.  You’ll review all the material and take your final exam.  

Once you’ve successfully graduated and are certified, you are eligible to appear on the graduate referral list and use the Academy logo on your educational and promotional material.  You’ll be able to continue to take part in our many communities, join webinars and thrive in your new career.